India and China are partnering to train Afghanistan's diplomats
Dilsher DhillonSep 20, 2018, 01.25 PM
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- The two countries will partner to train Afghani envoys and diplomats starting next month, with the training taking place in both
New Delhiand Beijing.
- The decision follows a bilateral meeting between India’s Prime Minister
Narendra Modiand Afghani President Ashraf Ghaniin New Delhi.
- At their Wuhan summit in April, Narendra Modi and
Xi Jinpingdecided to undertake a joint economic project in Afghanistan.
In an unprecedented move, India and
The decision follows a bilateral meeting between India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, in New Delhi. It is believed that Modi and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, discussed areas for collaboration in Afghanistan at their summit in Wuhan this past April. The two decided to undertake a joint economic project in the country as a result of the talks.
Besides the training of diplomats, Modi and Ghani discussed a number of issues, choosing to focus on security and the Afghani government’s counter-terrorism-and-insurgency efforts in the region.
India has a strong relationship with Afghanistan, having reportedly funded $2 billion worth of development projects in the country since 2002. Additionally, trade between the two countries has crossed the $1 billion mark.
Last September, India decided to commence work on 116 development projects in Afghanistan under its “New Development Partnership” programme. The projects will be spread across a number of sectors such as education, agriculture, health and infrastructure.
The partnership shows no signs of abating and has become even more crucial, following insistence from the Trump administration that India should contribute more to peace and security efforts in the country.
Meanwhile, China is also looking to muscle into Afghanistan and play a more prominent role in the country. This is not surprising. It already has tens of billions of dollars invested in Pakistan’s infrastructure sector through its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and sees an entry into Afghanistan as a natural extension of the programme.